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Antibiotics in America's Favorite Meat09/17/14
Chicken has surpassed beef as the meat of choice for most Americans. Now there?s evidence that the raising of chickens could be a risk to human health. The Reuters News Service has reported what federal regulators did not know?that major poultry farms...
War Fever: The Temperature Is Rising...
The Obama Administration is escalating the case for going back to Iraq, this time to fight the extremist group ISIL?and not just with bombing. We?ll hear conflicting opinions about the threat, the President?s leadership, and whether Congress will get...
The Lure of Violent Jihad
Just a few months ago, most Americans had never heard of a violent extremist group in Iraq and Syria called ISIL. Now this country is committing significant military resources to fight a growing number of fighters whose horrific violence is on full...
The NFL Takes A Hit
Violence on the field is why millions of Americans tune in to watch the National Football League. But today, in the wake of its handling of the Ray Rice assault on his then-fiancee, the NFL is under increasing pressure to change its attitude toward...
Counterterrorism, or a New War?
Last night, after weeks of headlines about the lack of a plan to fight growing extremism in Iraq and Syria, President Obama said the US will lead a broad coalition to degrade and destroy the increasingly aggressive and violent terrorist force known as...
A Political Reversal on Immigration Reform
Three months ago, President Obama blasted Republicans and promised executive action on immigration reform, but now he says the politics have changed, and the ?action? has been postponed until after November?s elections. What would ?executive action?...
Forsaken Children in an Age of Acceptance
The growing acceptance of same-sex marriage has created high expectations for those who come out of the closet. But that?s not always the case. Some are revealing their sexuality while they still depend on their families, which has helped to produce...
The President Has A "Strategy" After All
This Wednesday, President Obama will address the American public about a new offensive against the Islamic State, which has seized much of Iraq and Syria. Success may depend on alliances between strange bedfellows. We'll hear what that could mean for...
Will Voters in Scotland Decide to Go It Alone?
As the NATO summit ended today in Wales, Prime Minister David Cameron was trying to keep his own country together. In less than two weeks, the UK will no longer be the ?United Kingdom? if Scotland votes to become independent. There?s a lot at stake...
Taking the Lid Off Campaign Contributions
Political prognosticators say, ?Follow the money.? And, in this year?s mid-term elections, there?s more money to follow than ever. Is the lack of limit on campaign contributions a victory for ?free speech? or a defeat for democracy? What?s the...
The Battle Against Abortion: State by State
It?s been 41 years since the US Supreme Court approved a woman?s right to choose an abortion. Now the anti-abortion movement may be close to getting another case before a very different Supreme Court?hoping for a different decision.
The "Teacher Wars" in America's Public Schools
America?s ?failing education system? has become a cliché of contemporary journalism?and it?s most often blamed on the teachers. As another school year gets under way across the country, we?ll hear how today?s controversies reflect the history of a...
General Motors is Still in the Hotseat, but Sales are Soaring
On this rebroadcast of To The Point: General Motors risked its reputation by instituting a record number of recalls after news of deaths and injuries due to faulty ignition switches. The company has admitted it failed for years to address safety...
The Resegregation of America's Public Schools
For the first time, a majority of public-school students are ethnic minorities?but that doesn?t mean greater diversity in the schools. It?s been 60 years since the US Supreme Court ruled that separate could never be equal, but segregation is back....
Will Policing Ever Be Colorblind?
Michael Brown?s killing was not an isolated incident. The FBI reports that a white police officer kills a black person almost twice a week. A new poll shows both blacks and whites believe cops are not held accountable for excessive force or for racial...
The Islamic State and America's War on Terror
The US reportedly is mobilizing a coalition of allies for possible military action in Syria, raising uncomfortable questions. The target is not the Assad dictatorship, which the US opposes, but the extremist Islamic State?Assad?s mortal enemy. Which...
Can the US Hit the Islamic State Where It Really Hurts?
President Obama?s looking at airstrikes in Syria to slow the advance of the ultra-extremist Islamic State--a growing threat to America and its interests. But that could help Syria?s brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, stay in power, by helping him...
Race in America: the President?s Changing Strategy
A White House delegation attended today?s funeral for Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. He was the unarmed, young black man killed 2 weeks ago by a white policeman. Did the President miss an opportunity by not going himself?
Social Media: a Marketing Tool for Extremism
Osama bin Laden used grainy videos and scratchy audiotape to address the world from inside a mountain cave. The Islamic State has mastered social media to disseminate shocking propaganda, attracting instant attention worldwide. The video of James...
Arrest Records and the Expanding Movement to ?Ban the Box?
Target, Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath Beyond are among the companies that no longer ask job applicants if they?ve ever been arrested. We hear why the ?ban the box? movement is spreading across the country.
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